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Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby cardinal » Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:13 pm



A couple of weeks ago My Wife and I along with 4 friends, left the Central Valley of California and headed to Midway, Utah. Midway is East of Salt Lake, between Park City and Heber. Originally we were going thru Las Vegas and Mesquite, but temperatures were predicted to be 112F at our ETA in Mesquite. REROUTING!! We went through Yosemite, over Tioga Pass and overnighted in Tonopah the first day. Four of us were on Goldwings, the youngest was 67, the oldest 80. My wife and my 80 year olds girl friend, drove our Honda Van....thus 5 Hondas.
The cast of Charactors:
My Wife, Rita, on the Right, Doris on the left
My Wife, Rita, on the Right, Doris on the left

Jerry
Jerry

My 80 year old Buddy, Jim
My 80 year old Buddy, Jim

My not so old buddy, TJ
My not so old buddy, TJ

My almost 70 year old self, Bob
My almost 70 year old self, Bob


Our plan was to get from Fresno to Tonopah the first day, then get to Midway by way of Ely, Nv., Nephi, Ut., Provo canyon into Heber Valley on the Second day. Third day was to be 4 of us on bikes would ride Guardsman pass while my brother took Rita and Doris into SLC to tour around there. Fourth day the Ladies would entertain themselves while my brother and 2 of his riding buddies would take us on a ride over to Duchesne and the hills in the area. Fifth day would be a ride into Ogden, Ut. to look around the museums in the Rail Road depot. We had planned to ride out to Antelope Island, but spent so much time in the museum looking at all the antique cars, Train engines and cars and the Browning Arms, that there just wasn't time. We didn't have time to ride the Heber Creeper, either.
Here's a couple of teaser pics from the Ladies trip to SLC.
Teaser from day 4
Teaser from day 4

This is the roof of a 4 or 5 story high building
This is the roof of a 4 or 5 story high building

I'll post up day one in just a bit.



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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby cardinal » Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:01 am

Day 1, Sunday June 5, 2016 0800 at the Chevron Station, 12 wheels start rolling North on 99. A few miles later we turn off onto some back roads and make our way to Yosemite by way of highway 140.
140 along the Merced River
140 along the Merced River

We got to the West Gate of Yosemite early enough that the line wasn't very long, plus the ranger saw our Geezer Passes clipped to our windshields and let us go around about 10 cars that had to stop and pay the entry fee. First stop was just past the gate to take on and get rid of some liquid.
First stop in Yosemite
First stop in Yosemite

We were observed by a little wild life. The Raven was pretty disgusted with us because we wouldn't share our crackers with him. There were hundreds of butterflies, or moths, it looked like they had just come out of their cocoons and were drying their wings. The picture isn't of one of those, but there were a lot of little one there.
Unhappy Raven...
Unhappy Raven...


Note how much cooler it was going through Yosemite. By this time we would have been just South of Bakersfield and the temp would have been in the 90's. This is Tioga Lake and it still had some ice on it.
Tioga Lake
Tioga Lake

Next stop is Olmstead Point still in Yosemite.


Olmstead Point with Half Dome in the Background
Olmstead Point with Half Dome in the Background

When we tried to get going, Gerry's bike wouldn't start. Last year it was my bike that quit just short of here, mine wouldn't start and had to be towed, Gerry's started after he cleaned the battery terminals. He had to buy the beer that night.....that's the rule......you hold up the ride.....you buy the beer!
The Uh Oh! squad gathers around Gerry's bike when it wouldn't start
The Uh Oh! squad gathers around Gerry's bike when it wouldn't start

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Re: Day one continued

Postby cardinal » Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:17 am

We made it out of the park and to the World Famous Mobile station in Lee Vining. This place is a must stop if you're not heading North on 395. There might be a place in Lee Vining with good food, but the Mobile Station has GREAT!! food.
Chow time at the gas station....
Chow time at the gas station....

World famous gas station Fish Tacos!
World famous gas station Fish Tacos!

We didn't take many pictures of Mono Lake and Highway 120 heading to Benton Station, on the way to Utah, but we have plenty when we come back at the end of the week. Here's the last pics of the first day out....
Typical central Nevada highway
Typical central Nevada highway

hotel Parking lot in Tonopah
hotel Parking lot in Tonopah

We stayed at Tonopah Station Hotel and Casino.......Good, clean and quiet with a bar for Gerry to buy us the beer he owed us and a pretty good restaurant on site. One of these days I'm gonna work up the nerve to stay at the Clown Motel at the other end of town. Have any of you stayed there?
It was a good first day out and ended with a darn fine sunset..
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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:56 am

Nice ride report, keep em coming.


plus the photos of course.


thanks


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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby dingdong » Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:20 am

Very nice report. I'm surprised with the ice and snow across the Tioga pass. We were there last year in June and there was no snow at all. Must have been a good winter for snow fall which they needed badly.
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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby cardinal » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:28 am

Aussie81Interstate wrote:Nice ride report, keep em coming.


plus the photos of course.


thanks


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Thanks, I've got 5 more days to show.

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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby cardinal » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:34 am

dingdong wrote:Very nice report. I'm surprised with the ice and snow across the Tioga pass. We were there last year in June and there was no snow at all. Must have been a good winter for snow fall which they needed badly.

Yes we had a fairly decent winter, and yes we needed it badly, but it ended early. It also got hot a little later than normal. We didn't hit 100F until mid June this year. A good year will give us so much snow that Tioga isn't open until mid June. Tioga Lake was free of Ice when we came back through just 5 days later.

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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby cardinal » Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:01 pm

Day 2, Tonopah, Nv to Midway Utah...about 440 miles.
We decided to meet up at the bikes at about 0800 and have breakfast at the Gas Station on the other end of town. Anybody see a pattern developing here of Gas Station Dining? No pictures of my Bacon, egg and cheese on flat bread with olives, onion, green peppers and spinach.
We had a delay or two while we said good bye to new friends like James the bear...
Doris, looking for a good bye hug from James...
Doris, looking for a good bye hug from James...

We made it about two hours out before we hit our first obstacle....
cute, chatty flag "Person"
cute, chatty flag "Person"

The flag girl was cute and chatty and told us her life story in the 5 or 10 minutes we were waiting. She was born on a ranch just over the hill, rode a school bus about an hour each way until she graduated from high school. Her parents had just moved her back from Colorado after her boyfriend dumped her when she got pregnant. Young girl short story.
Here's some road shots between Tonopah and Ely...

The road to eternity.....
The road to eternity.....


And here was our next obstacle ...


This guy wasn't as chatty as the young lady and had a really bad sense of humor. When we asked him about how long we would be delayed, he said "Not long, about 45 minutes, more or less." When we all groaned and started getting off our bikes, he busted out laughing and told us the Flag car was nearly there and he just tells folks stuff like that to keep himself entertained.
Warped sense of humor and bad manners.......just like something I'd do.
I'll be back in a bit to finish up day two....
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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby OldZX11Rider » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:00 pm

Enjoying the photos and the story. Keep it coming. :D
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Postby cardinal » Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:24 am

Thanks OldZX, I'll keep chipping away at it.
Here's some more shots from the road on day 2.

Rest stop for Hydration..
Rest stop for Hydration..


How many years did it take them to collect that many antlers!?
How many years did it take them to collect that many antlers!?


Obstacle #3.....
Obstacle #3.....

Nearing our Destination we start up Provo canyon..
Nearing our Destination we start up Provo canyon..

soakin' up some c00l....
soakin' up some c00l....

It was between 95 and 100 degrees from Ely to Nephi, where some of us put on cooling vests at the first gas stop. I was wearing a light shirt over a Heat Out under shirt and didn't get really uncomfortable until about an hour after the rest of the guys started complaining about the heat. TJ has a GL1800 with an outside temperature gauge and said it was 100 degrees. I have an add on gauge on my 1500 that only registered about 97. So obviously it was cooler at the front of the pack. In Nephi, I just took off the shirt I had on over my Heat Out and was comfortable the rest of the way. Once we made it through Provo and started up Provo Canyon, it was down right delightful.
I find that the cooling vest only works for a bit over a half hour if the temp is over 95, then it just becomes a warm clammy wind breaker that I feel I'd be cooler without.
How about the rest of you......cooling vest any good?
Here are a few shots of Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon. Obviously a popular hang out for the locals.
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls


You can't see them in these photos, but there are people all over the cliff the falls are coming down. You'll be able to see them in my next installment......

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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby cardinal » Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:52 am

Still on day 2, still at Bridal Veil Falls.....
Last picture was of the lower portion of the falls. Here's a shot of the whole thing and don't ask me how high they are. All I'm sure of is that they are higher than I want to fall....

The hot ride earlier managed to suck the moisture, and most of my hair, out of me.
Luv thet big cup!

What ya lookin' at, TJ
What ya lookin' at, TJ

Oooooh....I see now.....
Oooooh....I see now.....

Once we tore ourselves away from the falls, it was a short, beautiful ride to our campsite for the next four nights.

Deer Creek Reservoir near Heber
Deer Creek Reservoir near Heber

Camp site for the next 4 nights
Camp site for the next 4 nights

That pretty much wraps up the Ride from Madera, Ca to Midway Ut.
Well, except for the final feeding frenzy after we got set up in camp....
Nearly 900 miles.....just to eat at Dicky's?
Nearly 900 miles.....just to eat at Dicky's?

Day three was a split trip thing, my brother and the ladies went into SLC in the Van, and the 4 guys took a ride through a couple of canyons.
I'll show you, tomorrow......

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Postby cardinal » Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:16 pm

Split day...Ladies went into SLC with my brother. The guys followed them up Parleys Canyon, East Canyon and Immigration Canyon, then turned off and headed for Big Cottonwood canyon and the beginning of Guardsman Pass.
Wrong road...
Wrong road...


Things started out sour when we missed a turn just outside of Midway and started Guardsman Pass from the wrong end. I needed to follow my Brother to find Immigration canyon, so we turned around. Narrow, steep road....yeah.....I tipped it over. TJ helped me pick it up, Jim went further up the road and found a wider, flatter spot and we started out again.
It was a nice looking road...down here.
It was nice to see that other people have to deal with obstacles, too.
Other peoples obstacles
Other peoples obstacles

A couple of shots of beautiful Utah...


The ladies got better pictures of East and Immigration canyons, so I'll post those up tomorrow.
Here the guys are headed up Big cottonwood canyon towards Brighton, a ski resort at the end of the canyon and where Guardsman pass begins.
Starting up Big Cottonwood cyn
Starting up Big Cottonwood cyn

We were starting to get hungry and stopped at this place that said they had a café and groceries. The only person in it told us the café closed 3 or 4 years ago....they just hadn't gotten around to changing the sign. Ooohhh well.....
8 pictures per post seems to be the limit, so I'll continue on the next page...
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Jim in the parking lot of a Grocery/Café in Brighton
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Postby cardinal » Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:32 pm

Hmmm...the previous page got scrambled somehow, but it's easy to figure out.
Guardsman Pass didn't exist as anything but a foot trail 30 years ago when I left Utah. Now its paved, only open during the snow free summer months and I HAD to ride it! It's not as steep as the 14% grade on Sonora Pass (CA 108), but it has it's own charm. Plus it's a short easy ride to take after two days of 400 plus miles in hot, windy conditions. It was a good decompression run.
Here's where it peels off from Big Cottonwood road in Brighton...

Here's Heber Valley from the first view point after a couple of tight turns...

And here's the twisty where the road comes into Deer Valley ski resort...

That's all the photo's I've had time to sort out.
We'll go into SLC with the ladies tomorrow.

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Postby cardinal » Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:48 pm

While the 4 men rode the canyons on our bikes, my brother took Rita and Doris to tour SLC. Here's some stuff from their tour of the Temple Grounds and the LDS Conference center.
Here's a shot of the interior of the Tabernacle, home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


The Tabernacle can seat 7000, including the choir, and is an acoustic marvel. Many years ago I toured the Tabernacle. My family was seated near the back of the hall and the docent, standing at the podium at the foot of the organ, dropped a pin to the floor.........every person who was not hearing impaired heard the distinctive "tick" when it hit the floor. The organ has 11,623 pipes in it's present configuration.
The domed roof trusses were constructed using wooden dowel pins and wet rawhide. The dowels held the members in line while the rawhide dried and shrunk, locking the members into place for over 150 years!

It's an amazing building and there is another amazing building right across the street.....The LDS Conference Center.
Interior of the Conference center...
Interior of the Conference center...

This organ has only 7,667 pipes, seating capacity is an impressive 22,200. But the really fun part of the building is the 4.5 acre roof.
Front of Conference Center
Front of Conference Center

Roof top forest..
Roof top forest..


Roof top creek..
Roof top creek..


All of these pictures, with the exception of the one of the face of the center, were taken on and OF the roof! All the "soil" is ground sea shell with chemical added in to feed the plants.
See that "Steeple"? It's mostly made of Styrofoam!
Styrofoam Steeple
Styrofoam Steeple

At some point, I believe the main structure was well under way, the President of the church asked the architect where the steeple was going? He was informed that a steeple was not in the plans. President says something like "This is a Church.......it should have a Steeple......fix it." So, due to weight considerations, the steeple is made of a styrene material from about 3 feet above the roof, on up. It was then coated with a resin
of some sort to withstand the weather. I'm willing to bet that it's the only "Styrofoam Steeple" in the country!
And a final shot of the Utah State Capitol from the Conference center roof top.....an amazing place.
Utah State Capitol from the Center Roof
Utah State Capitol from the Center Roof

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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby salty1 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:12 pm

Thanks for the post! Nice trip so far. :D I'm looking forward to days 4 and 5 :!:

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Postby wilmo » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:08 pm

what I'm upset about most of this run is that you came through Ogden-and I didn't even know about it! I could have taken you up through a short scenic ride right in my backyard to a very historical favorite place with a view and then some. The shooting star saloon, Utah's oldest consistent open saloon, since 1879, and a damn good lunch, besides. I'm just now finding out about this, too late, and wish I could go back in time about 3 weeks to plan for this. Rats! Do this again but let me know next time, being a local, I could've added to your trip through here. That goes for anyone else as well.

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Postby cardinal » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:08 pm

salty1 wrote:Thanks for the post! Nice trip so far. :D I'm looking forward to days 4 and 5 :!:

Day 4 coming up, thanks for reading!

Hey Wilmo! We will probably do the trip again, don't know when for sure, but the list of things we didn't see is WAY bigger than what we did get to. We had planned to ride out to Antelope Island, but spent so much time at the Rail Road Museum that we ran out of time and energy. I didn't even get a chance to visit relatives that live in Ogden and old friends that live in SLC.
I'll for sure let you know if we come back that way. Thanks for the offer.
Day 4 coming up...

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Postby cardinal » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:35 pm

Like I said earlier, day four was another split day with the ladies going one way and the guys another. Two of my brothers friends took us on a ride up Spanish Fork Canyon and Soldier Summit to Duchesne. Beautiful country with fun roads.
Here's a few road shots from the ride.




I have absolutely no idea what route we took from Duchesne back to Midway, but it was beautiful.
Being from Central California, all the Green and Water in Utah was a real visual treat!
I'll post up the ladies pictures of their day in the next installment...

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Postby cardinal » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:08 pm

LADIES DAY!!
Rita and Doris didn't want to ride around in a bunch of canyons to destinations unknown, so they opted to stay in the Heber/Midway area.
There's a resort called "The Homestead" in Midway with a nice restaurant, big swimming pool, horse back riding and stuff like that, but it's neatest attraction is a Volcano you can swim in! I don't know if its really a volcano or if there is something called a Mud Volcano. There are a lot of little craters around Midway and most of them have water in them. The cone at The Homestead is about 20 feet tall and has a hot spring about 15 feet deep.
Here's the steps on the outside going up to a viewing platform at the top...

Here's the viewing platform, actually an arch...
Viewing Platform/Arch
Viewing Platform/Arch

and here's the view down into the volcano.
Is that something down in the lower left corner..?
Is that something down in the lower left corner..?

The grate to stop people from throwing stuff in sort of messes things up. But it looks like there is something down there....lets go down the stairs and check it out..
Going down the stairs is harder on her than going up...
Going down the stairs is harder on her than going up...

At the bottom of the cone, they've cut an entry into the actual cone, just above the water line. For $16 you can swim for 40 minutes and you generally need an appointment to get in. A few years back, we let the grand kids go swimming in there just so they could tell their friends they'd been swimming in a VOLCANO!
Doris asked if she could just go in, she didn't want to swim, and they told her she could if she was very, very quiet and didn't disturb the wild life....

The Wildlife....
The Wildlife....

They were filming a video that will be on YouTube some time in the future.
She took another picture up through the cone....see the viewing Platform/arch up there.....maybe a little?
Up through the cone
Up through the cone

One of the many things we didn't get to was this coffee shop in Midway..
No! Really, it's a coffee shop!
No! Really, it's a coffee shop!

Next will be the Rail Road Museum that has the Browning Arms museum and antique car collection.
Thanks for following along.

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Postby cardinal » Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:18 pm

In Ogden on day 5..
We got a late start so we just went into Ogden by way of Weber Canyon, rather than the planned Trappers loop to Ogden Valley then down Ogden Canyon to the Rail Museum. Then we spent so much time at the museum, we didn't have time to either make it to Antelope Island or go back through Ogden Canyon. That's a mighty impressive museum!


HA! a converted Tractor!
HA! a converted Tractor!

There were probably 30 cars in that Museum, and all of them high quality!
The Browning Arms Museum
About a 1/4 scale working Gatling, fires .22 shorts.
About a 1/4 scale working Gatling, fires .22 shorts.

I have no Idea why that Knox takes the place of the Gun Display....but that's where it wants to go.....THAT'S WHERE IT'S GOING TO STAY!!


Rail portion next.......
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Postby cardinal » Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:46 pm

Part 2 of Day 5....
They have an impressive collection of Steam, Diesel Electric and even a Turbine powered Engine. But the Steam Engines hold all the romance.....



They have a very good restaurant on site, and we RIDE TO EAT! so it seemed only right to try it out and further our quest for the worlds best Bread Pudding....
The look when TJ and Gerry first discovered Bread Pudding on the menue
The look when TJ and Gerry first discovered Bread Pudding on the menue
It was even better than it looks!
It was even better than it looks!

That Bread Pudding is right up there with the Olallieberry Bread Pudding at Lynn's in Cambria, Ca which is nearly as good as the Pudding at The Tea Shoppe in Columbia, Ca.
One last stop on the way back to Midway, at The Devil's Slide in Weber Canyon...
Devils Slide.....
Devils Slide.....

That wraps up day 5, tomorrow we start back home to California. It was still over 110 degrees in Mesquite and Vegas so, we went back the same way we came.
I hate doing that, because the Gremlins are expecting you to come back. You take them by surprise when you go one way, so they can't your catch you and your bike. But the little beasts are patient and will lie in wait for weeks for you to come back. When you do, they're ready and they INFEST YOUR BIKE!!! Cause problems you can't figure out, issues come and go, it can get really bothersome. If they make it home with you they'll go after your computer and even drink the beer right out of your fridge! We fooled them, though, we mixed up the order of the bikes and occasionally put the van out front. This must have confused them, because we made it all the way home with no problems!
SEE! It IS possible to out smart the Gremlins!

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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby cardinal » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:54 am

#$%%&^^$#@!!! Trying to load an edited video from my GOPRO to Photobucket and all I get is "HTTP EROR". I have no Idea what that means or how to fix it. The error message shows up after the Photobucket Progress bar shows it has finished.
Any suggestions?

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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby cardinal » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:43 pm

I was going to put a video in here, but still can't upload to Photobucket.
Oh well, here's some random shots from the next to last day of our ride, from Midway to Tonopah.

Gremlin avoidance....3 bike waaay  out front, me and the van bringing up the rear.
Gremlin avoidance....3 bike waaay out front, me and the van bringing up the rear.
A real Shoe Tree!
A real Shoe Tree!
See that dust from the wind?
See that dust from the wind?
Discussing the gas situation due to high wind.I got into Tonopah with 1/2 gallon left in the tank....27mpg!
Discussing the gas situation due to high wind.I got into Tonopah with 1/2 gallon left in the tank....27mpg!

It's about 165 miles from Ely to Tonopah, so we weren't worried about gas. But pushing 80 miles an hour into a 20 mile and hour head wind is a disaster on gas mileage. I had 1/2 gallon and one other bike only had 3/4 gallon left. The newest 1800 still had over a gallon.
That's the end of day 6. Tomorrow I'll post the final leg from Tonopah back to the Central Valley through Yosemite.
I have no idea why what was supposed to be the 2nd and 3rd pictures got shuffled to the bottom, but I'm gonna let it stand....
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Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:23 am

I was only about 10 years old when we moved from Salt Lake City back about 1965. I forgot how nice it was in the mountains around there.
I remember in the hot summertime, dad would load us all up and we would head for the mountains. There would still be snow on the ground.
Seeing all your photos and hearing the names of all those places just makes me want to go back there again.
Besides Salt Lake itself, I remember living in Ogden, Provo & Cottonwood.
Its been a while but it seems there was a place near the capital called Gravity Hill.
Dad would stop the car, put it out of gear, and it would roll uphill!
Your trip, narrative and photos brought back a lot of memories and a need to go back to Utah. Thank you,
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Re: Five Hondas to Utah!!

Postby cardinal » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:20 pm

OldZX11Rider wrote:I was only about 10 years old when we moved from Salt Lake City back about 1965. I forgot how nice it was in the mountains around there.
I remember in the hot summertime, dad would load us all up and we would head for the mountains. There would still be snow on the ground.
Seeing all your photos and hearing the names of all those places just makes me want to go back there again.
Besides Salt Lake itself, I remember living in Ogden, Provo & Cottonwood.
Its been a while but it seems there was a place near the capital called Gravity Hill.
Dad would stop the car, put it out of gear, and it would roll uphill!
Your trip, narrative and photos brought back a lot of memories and a need to go back to Utah. Thank you,

Hey Oldzx, Glad it stirred up good memories for you.
I lived in the Salt Lake area from 1953 until 1971 then in Syracuse, West Point, Ogden and South Ogden until 1987. I rode my bicycle up Millcreek canyon when I was 13 years old and camped out up there for 3 nights. That would have been about 1960, lets see parents allow their children to do something like that today. And yes, I remember Gravity Hill up in the Avenues near the capitol. I used to ride my Honda 305 Dream up all the canyons and around the Kennecott point into the Tooele area and the canyons up there. Had a lot of good times back then.
I'm about to wrap up my trip report with a few pictures.
Catch you later..




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